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Old 02-23-2013, 09:30 PM
 
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Here's what the Empire State Building looks like at ground level:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Empir...278.91,,0,6.63

Indistinguishable from any other building (most of the street is pre-war like the Empire State Building itself). On the left, if you couldn't tell. One can see the top once you get 10 blocks away. Due its height, the top is often visible in many spots in Manhattan. It makes a great compass.

Edit: Actually you can see almost the entire building half a block away:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Empir...6.41,,0,-25.87

One World Trade Center from a few blocks away:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Nassa...18.48,,0,-22.5

(can't see the top because it's incomplete in the streetview, hmm when's the antenna coming up?)

sure. but as you indicated, even when standing from a distance you can't see the pinnacle where the most interesting architectural details of the building are.

even so, I think for a skyscraper the empire state and chrysler buildings look pretty good. much better looking than the twin towers were for example. they don't have that cold modernist glass tower look to them. at least the facades though not embellished appear to have some texture to them. I think they are made of concrete but the brown color gives it the look of stone which is a good thing. which is an improvement over the coldness of bare concrete or the all reflective glass appearance of most modern buildings. I would take into account the quality of the buildings on the rest of the street and in the neighborhood. the aesthetic quality of the urban fabric surrounding the empire state building is very high. the buildings around it are in the 4 to 6 story range, give or take, and are nicely embellished for the most part, so that the empire state building doesn't stick out so much. despite the disproportionate height it sort of blends in decently with the rest of the street.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:41 AM
 
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Best Looking is either Guadalajara Mexico or Guanajuato, Guanajuato Mexico. Best looking modern city is Santa Fe, a suburb of Mexico City CIUDAD DE MEXICO - MEXICO CITY TOUR 3 de 4 - SANTA FE - YouTube
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:55 AM
 
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Historic Mexico City is very nice
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:58 AM
 
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Guanajuato Mexico https://www.google.com/search?q=guan...w=1152&bih=725
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:36 AM
 
Location: The City
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Montreal
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:23 AM
 
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Small cities:
Portland, Maine
Burlington, VT
Santa Barbara, CA
Asheville, NC
Cumberland, MD

Large cities:
Seattle
San Francisco
Montreal
This is a pretty good list, although I have no idea why Cumberland, MD is on it; I don't know about its "special" qualities, though..
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:27 PM
 
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Zacatecas Mexico. This little city has narrow cobblestone streets, hills like San Fransisco, good food, and very good looking pople.
1 pics I've taken of Zacatecas. street views http://www.flickr.com/photos/7553250...th/6789988640/
2 random pic of the city http://www.terragalleria.com/north-a...tecas.all.html
3 gothic church of Fatima https://www.google.com/search?safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=UVi&rls=org.mozilla:en-USfficial&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=UI91Uc-EGIGkigL_4IDoDw&ved=0CDIQsAQ&biw=1152&bih=725&q=fa tima%20zacatecas
4 old bullring converted to hotel https://www.google.com/search?q=bull...w=1152&bih=725
5 more nice pics of the city Zacatecas, México - Page 5 - SkyscraperCity
6 underground club / disco which was once a silver mine https://www.google.com/search?safe=o...en%20zacatecas
7 more random pics Zacatecas, México - SkyscraperCity
8 cathedral of Zacatecas https://www.google.com/search?q=cate...w=1152&bih=725
9 ancient queduct that runs through the city https://www.google.com/search?q=acue...w=1152&bih=725
10 more street views http://www.hotelesboutique.com/en/destino/zacatecas
11 Ancient pyramids https://www.google.com/search?q=zaca...w=1152&bih=725

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Old 04-22-2013, 02:10 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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This is a pretty good list, although I have no idea why Cumberland, MD is on it; I don't know about its "special" qualities, though..
I thought best looking was the only criteria?

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Old 04-22-2013, 06:52 PM
 
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I thought best looking was the only criteria?
Nice, although you can find quite a bit of this in all parts of NewEngland..
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:55 PM
 
Location: North Baltimore ----> Seattle
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Nice, although you can find quite a bit of this in all parts of NewEngland..
I think that's why I like it so much.
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